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Old 06-04-2015, 12:54 PM   #15
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I think peoples' reasons for an AS purchase are almost as varied as our looks. But once the decision is made to buy a travel trailer...the budget comes in. I would bet that EVERYONE would opt for an AS if they could. We on this forum are all just blessed/fortunate that we managed somehow.
As an aside, I took "Daisy" to the Madison River to fish for several days this weekend, and would raise my hand in greeting when seeing other RVs go by...on my 600M roundtrip maybe 2-3 people waved back. Shame.
OK...keep your musings coming. Safe travels. jon

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Old 06-04-2015, 01:30 PM   #16
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A number of friends and relatives have suggested that it is NOT economical to travel with any RV. I casually ask when and where was their last vacation of 7 MONTHS?
Of course none have.
Second, when on those 7-8 month vacations we sleep in our own bed every night.

That pretty much ends the discussion.


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Old 06-04-2015, 01:45 PM   #17
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Boomerang. Had you held up a rubber 20 inch trout... they may have noticed you.

I find so many used, well maintained Airstreams listed on Craigslist you would think everyone would own one. We tried to find a later model 25 footer in our area and none existed. Most were larger than 25 feet which is much too large for us.

When we are in the back country, I do not care if someone has a tent, pop up, SOB than an Airstream, Class A Bus... as long as they are good company. Knowing how to operate a Chainsaw is a plus.

Steamy1 mentioned Casitas. They are selling a lot of those! There is another, barely large enough to sleep in that has a back trunk with cooking and kitchen appliances that seem to show up.

Since this is an Airstream Forum, the majority have an interest in them. My neighbors have a popup trailer they travel with and were talking about getting a Montana. If it is that huge two story model... what a difference. A Casita would be a big jump for size and comfort.

We will have our "A Motel" parked at a special spot near Quemado, New Mexico July 13th. Anyone who can hike, drive or drop in from the sky is welcome to come. It is the spirit of those who get out onto a road, have a reliable road map and are open to where they end up. If it is a Walmart parking lot, a Casino RV Park or an open spot under some 150 year old pine... it is part of the freedom we have to travel this large country.

You sure cannot do that in the Netherlands or Belgium where my relatives live. Well... they probably do not have a Walmart. You cannot get free refills of Coke either...
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Old 06-04-2015, 01:51 PM   #18
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We haven't had the opportunity yet to get on the road. Retirement is looming. The Hubster and I have weighed the differences of going on trips like cruises and island hopping, to rv travel.
We chose the later, because quite frankly, we don't want to leave our country. Too many variables to think of with the way of the world now.
We have a great country we haven't had the chance to see yet, we can go when and where we want.....Freedom ��
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Old 06-04-2015, 02:06 PM   #19
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Our dogs are a great part of WHY we travel in an Airstream They are always at home.I recall one of the last hotels we stayed in before purchasing Arlene. The tub was so nasty I didn't even want to bathe my dog! I love being able to pull off at a rest stop and use MY toilet! Sometimes,it's just not about what we spend,but about what we get.
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Old 06-04-2015, 02:55 PM   #20
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Our participation in living history events (French & Indian War, Revolutionary War, and 18th Century Market Fairs) and a Maine Coon cat guided us to an Airstream Basecamp. Because we had to haul period tents/poles, my husband's reproduction 18th C. furniture/furnishings, etc. to take to these historical reenactments, we needed a cargo trailer. Because we didn't want to get a pet sitter or board our "dog-like" Maine Coon cat, we needed something we could stay in at night and that "Casco" could stay in all the time (meaning air-conditioned and with sleeping arrangements). The Basecamp fit the bill on both counts. We do stay in campgrounds, so that we have electricity to run the air conditioner or heater (whatever the case may be). We also use campground showers, but are very picky about the this is not a problem. (The Basecamp does not have a shower/bathroom.) Our medium-size SUV (Land Rover LR4) gets moderately good gas mileage (unlike a large SUV) and pulls the lightweight Basecamp easily. It just works perfectly for what we do. As the Basecamp was only made for 2 years (2007-2009), I have read that it has actually gone up in value. We have never seen another one on the road, since 2007, when we purchased ours.
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Old 06-04-2015, 03:18 PM   #21
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Bottom line. In your Airstream you are in your own dirt. In a public accommodation you are always in someone else's dirt. Your Airstream be it ever so humble it is "Home sweet home." After 44 years and 3 aluminum houses I figure we have saved as much as we have enjoyed.
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Old 06-04-2015, 03:33 PM   #22
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One of our more liberating realizations was that although we HAVE an Airstream, that doesn't mean we HAVE to use it! Sometimes a quick trip to the beach with a night at a hotel is a nice getaway. Sometimes a longer trip with the trailer is what we want. They are two very different situations, and I'm grateful to have the opportunity to choose which accommodations I would like to have!

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Old 06-04-2015, 04:00 PM   #23
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This is a great thread. Anybody who invest in an RV to save money on travel will get a rude awakening. RVing is about a lifestyle & freedom to go anywhere at the drop of a hat or sewer hose. Considering the investment in you rig & all the other expenses involved staying in a motel or renting a Condo will cost less. We do this because we love it and for me that's plenty.
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Old 06-04-2015, 04:36 PM   #24
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I like my AS cause I know what/who has been in the bed (me or my cat). and when the sheets were changed last. Also cooking my own food saves me a bunch, and I can still spend time visiting with folks along the way,,,and most of the time no check out time. When travelling I mostly stop at truck stops and use my generator for power.
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Old 06-04-2015, 04:48 PM   #25
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We bought our airstream so we could go away at weekends and take holidays with our 2 whippets, so it's a rather expensive dog kennel!

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Old 06-04-2015, 06:09 PM   #26
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Well, we no longer have any dogs, nor cats, but have had both for many years!

Also, we have camped since our now grown daughters were in diapers, starting with tents,
VW Westphalia, then a series of travel trailers up to our present 2005 31' Classic.

We are getting up a bit in years now, and our AS is starting to be a bit more cranky on trips, more often than not, some appliance acts up, be it AC, water heater, furnace, or whatever.

It almost seems like every trip I can expect to have to fiddle around with something to bring it to life - usually just electrical contact issues.

In a way, I guess that is part of the fun, and more by good luck than any RV expertise, I have always managed to get things going with a multimeter and a few tools without having to call in the repairman, but it is a frustration!

But I have been debating recently where we should go from here.

No guarantee a new RV would be any more trouble free - in fact it might even be worse for the first year! Then too, I would be so p*ssed off to get that first dent or scratch in a brand new trailer, just the way I am!

Since we are lucky to be in a position to afford it, I have also considered buying a new Class C or Class A motorhome for our last years of RV'ing, (SWife won't consider a Class B despite my efforts to convince her of the advantages!)

I think that there would be less physical work involved ( not that I am completely decrepit yet you understand!).

However we only camp maybe 8 weeks a year and whether we could afford it or not, it seems not financially sensible to put money into an expensive vehicle that would just sit and depreciate the rest of the year

For now then, as we still enjoy the RV lifestyle - though probably me more than my wife - I think we will stick with the present AS, (with my tools and multimeter), for another few years then maybe get out of RV'ing after all these years and switch to cruises and renting condos - as long as we don't acquire another cat or dog!

We do still enjoy the AS, despite my apprehensions as to what is going to act up on our next trip! I suppose it could be even worse with a more complex Class A motorhome, so much more to go wrong!

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Old 06-05-2015, 07:59 AM   #27
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No choice but to RV

Main reason for an RV? When visiting relatives, especially elderly, we cannot expect them to love our dogs as we do. Two 175lb Saint Bernards are not everyone's idea of cuddly. And one with medical needs isn't a candidate for boarding so we all go or we stay home. After extensive travel with work I don't care to see the inside of another hotel. And those that allow pets? No thanks.

Yes it's expensive no matter what you decide to do whether new, used, restored or hotels. No I can't make the numbers work to my spouse's satisfaction but you only go around once so make the choices you won't regret. Yes, I wish we had committed to this sooner. Yes, our rescued companions are a big commitment. that we've lost some great people, we can never get that opportunity or time back.
Lots to do. Getting there.
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Old 06-05-2015, 10:01 AM   #28
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Hi Cheryl

I was delighted to read your blog. My husband Tim and I are dreaming about driving our AS across the US next winter (we live in Toronto Canada) with California as our destination. It's a long way, I know, but we have 3 months or so at our disposal so are getting pretty excited planning it. I loved reading about campsites you've visited and wondered what facilities and climate are like in February in California. I'm sure it's quite comfortable the further south one is but we would love to take in the SF Bay area too. Maybe starting in the south and moving north is the logical way to go. We also wonder about towing our rig on 101 and wonder what other people's experiences are of this road.


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